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FOR THE RECORD MLS dishes out long suspension

first_imgGarber also fined Clark $10,000. The suspension surpassed the previous-long of six games that Dario Sala, Thomas Ravelli, and Andy Herron received. Clark will miss the MLS playoffs. ETC.: Maurice Edu scored and the Red Bulls added an own-goal as Toronto FC snapped a 12-game winless streak by defeating New York, 2-1, in Toronto, preventing the Red Bulls from clinching a playoff berth. … More than 50 people were arrested in separate outbursts of soccer violence before UEFA Cup games in Austria and the Netherlands. Two police officers were wounded in the Netherlands when hooligans identified as Ajax fans threw bottles at them, resulting in 38 arrests before the game, Dutch national broadcaster NOS TV reported. Four-time European champion Ajax was later ousted from the first round of the UEFA Cup after a home loss to Dinamo Zagreb and failed to join Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham in the group stage. … The U.S. soccer team will play Sweden in an exhibition game on Jan. 19 as part of its preparation for the start of World Cup qualifying in June. Tennis Stefan Koubek was disqualified from the Open de Moselle in Metz, France for directing an on-court tirade at a tournament official during a second-round match with Sebastien Grosjean. From news services Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark was suspended nine games by the MLS on Thursday – the longest in league history – for violently kicking Carlos Ruiz on Sunday. With Houston winning, 3-0, Clark kicked Ruiz in the right shoulder while he was on the ground, causing a brief skirmish between the teams. Clark was ejected. “I have decided that it is necessary to take firm action to reflect the fact that Ricardo Clark’s violent kick to Carlos Ruiz in last weekend’s game against FC Dallas, while out of character, is unacceptable behavior from an MLS player,” said league commissioner Dan Garber. “In taking this action, Major League Soccer is sending a signal that it will not accept reckless and dangerous behavior on its fields. If there is a repeat of this kind of behavior by any MLS player, even firmer sanctions can be expected in the future.” Koubek, who will face a fine, led, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 4-2, when the match was interrupted. The Austrian was angered after Grosjean protested a linesman’s call on his serve. The linesman originally called the shot out, but then said he could not be sure. The chair umpire wanted Grosjean to replay the point, but Koubek asked for supervisor Thomas Karlberg to intervene. The two then argued, and Karlberg said Koubek targeted him with “verbal abuse.” It was not immediately clear what Koubek said during the argument. Koubek declined to comment. In 2000, Koubek was disqualified from the French Open after throwing his racket at a ball boy. ETC.: A women’s tennis match drew suspicion for unusual betting patterns, and the WTA Tour was investigating two months after the men’s tour began a probe into gambling on a match.Betfair, an online betting site, briefly delayed payment after 120th-ranked Mariya Koryttseva beat No. 96 Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus, 6-4, 6-2, on Sept. 21 in the quarterfinals of the Sunfeast Open in India. Eventually, bets were paid out, and both the WTA and Betfair said they doubt there was any wrongdoing connected to the match. … Venus Williams advanced to the semifinals of the Japan Open in Tokyo with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Australia’s Alicia Molik, then defeated Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 7-5, today (late Thursday PDT) to advance to the final of the Japan Open. Williams, No. 8 in the WTA rankings, had her hands full with the 17-year-old Wozniacki, who took a 4-2 lead in the second set at Ariake Colosseum. Williams fought back to tie the match, 4-4. Wozniacki served to take a 5-4 lead but Williams won the final three games to close out the match in 1 hour, 37 minutes. She appeared to get a break in the 10th game of the final set. With the score tied 30-all, her return looked long but was ruled in giving Williams a 40-30 lead. The Wimbledon champion then broke Wozniacki to go up 6-5 and served to win the final game. … Virginie Razzano was to meet eighth-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the second semifinal. … In the men’s tournament, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain defeated Vincent Spadea of the United States, 6-1, 7-6 (0) and Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, seeded seventh, ground out a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 7-6 (8) win over ninth-seeded Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea to advance to the quarterfinals. … Ana Ivanovic was upset by qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany and top-ranked Justin Henin beat Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-1 in her first match since winning the U.S. Open. … Arlen Kantarian was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Professional Tennis by the U.S. Tennis Association. Cycling Tour de France champion Alberto Contador said he is set to join Astana. The Spanish rider will follow Bruyneel from the disbanded Discovery Channel team. Horse racing Silver Stetson Man extended his perfect record to three races, winning the $52,600 feature by one length over Mi Rey at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Silver Stetson Man covered 6 furlongs in 1:14.36 and paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20 as the heavy wagering favorite. Mi Rey returned $6.60 and $4, while Turnbolt was another 2 lengths back in third and paid $2.80. Trained by Bob Baffert, Silver Stetson Man is a 3-year-old son of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Silver Charm. The victory on Santa Anita’s new Cushion Track gave Silver Stetson Man wins over each of the new synthetic surfaces in Southern California. He won his first race on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track in April before winning on Polytrack at Del Mar in September. Motorsports The owner of Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. threatened to shut down the track and open another one somewhere else after the city council derailed his plans to build a drag-racing strip at the site. City officials angered Bruton Smith when they voted this week to change zoning to ban drag strips, addressing concerns of nearby residents worried the noise would disturb their neighborhoods and decrease property values. Smith said his team looked at two sites and was contacted by two more sites. He would not say where they were. Jurisprudence Heriberto Castillo, the drunken driver who caused a crash that severed the arm of a groom for Lava Man, the richest claiming horse in thoroughbred racing history, was sentenced to five years in state prison. Castillo pleaded guilty in September to driving under the influence of alcohol, causing injury and causing great bodily injury to 39-year-old groom Noe Garcia. The crash occurred July 23 on Interstate 5 near Del Mar racetrack when Garcia was on his way to work. College sports Cincinnati forward Mike Williams will miss this season after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon during workouts this week. Williams will retain two years of eligibility after sitting out this season as a medical redshirt, the school said. Quotable BALCO’s Victor Conte, in light of stories suggesting Marion Jones has confessed to using performance enhancing drugs: “People ask me … if her achievements are tainted. In my opinion the overwhelming majority of athletes Marion competed against in 2000 were also using performance enhancing substances. So I believe she deserves the medals.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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